Bormio Rest Day
The day after our tiring adventure over the Stelvio to the town of Prato
- and the day before we planned to ride the dreaded Mortirolo and the Gavia
- we opted to ride down the valley called Valtellina to the base of the
Mortirolo. The ride allowed our legs to recover somewhat, while still
having an enjoyable outing and exploring the route that we would use the
next morning. We rode to Grosio, which is at the foot of the 'easy'
route to the Mortirolo, and had some good coffee before undertaking the 600
m climb back to Bormio.
Sterling and Edwin enjoying themselves in Grosio.
This monstrous slide is along the road between Grosio and Bormio. It
looks as the though the slide completely blocked the river, and much excavation
and other engineering work has been undertaken to mitigate the slide. Despite
the extensive excavation, there remains a great deal of slide debris in
the valley so that there is a very steep drop in the road and the river channel
just down the valley from the slide.
This is a view of the central square in Bormio, where we had a nice lunch
following the ride.
A Fassa Bortolo cement container; apparently sponsoring a cycling team
helps cement sales.
Edwin ran a bit short of cash....
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